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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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2,908 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2908
Reviews: 1154
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Harpoon IPA is an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000)
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Photo of Wildman


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color and formed a white foamy head that receded slowly and left some nice lace on the side of the glass. A nice hop aroma was apparent, but not overpowering as some others are. A flavor of hops and caramel. The finish was a touch sweet with some bitterness. This wasn't a bad IPA, but certainly not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 17:44:25 | More by Wildman
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah the summer months bring me such joy with the abundence of hops! Harpoon reminds me of Labor day when my parents and their friends would gather and one of them always brough a sixer of Red Hook and a sixer of Harpoon. The IPA poured a hazy summer yellow with a huge fluffy white head that had real staying power. Great head retention! The smell was very sweet and fruity with a little hint of medicinal hops. The taste was refreshing and dry, but lacked the real hop punch I look for in an IPA. Tart hops tickled the front of my tongue and then morphed into deep roasted malts fighting with peachy sweet hops and ended with a bitter hop finish. the mouthfeel was very buttery. This is a good standby, but nothing exceptional. Perfect summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 16:39:35 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of avylover


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light clear golden color with a small white head. Nice carbonation throughout. Floral hops in the aroma, and really not much else. Nice hoppy taste thats not overpowering but leaves a nice zing on the tongue, finishing dry. Like other harpoon beers I've had this beer has a hint pumpkin pie in the taste that's good & unique, and really noticeable in the winter warmer. This a good IPA. Nothing too special but good overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 17:24:02 | More by avylover
Photo of allboutbierge


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is golden colored with strong elements of orange hues. Aroma is moderate in strength and largely comprised of floral and citrus notes. Flavor has an odd malt bite which creates a good balance with the brew's moderate hop profile for an IPA. Body is moderate and head leaves a strong lace. A good IPA. No surprises here.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 17:06:16 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a clear, golden yellow with a one inch head. Sampling left ribbons of lacing one the glass.

Aromas of hops, flowers, wheat, and malt came from the glass.

Had soft citrus, hops, and malt throughout. Finished with a toasted biscuit with a mild bitterness that finishes nicely. Great IPA and a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 17:47:16 | More by Loki
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the AOBF 5/24/03.

Pale amber in appearance. Silky smooth off-white lace coats the glass. Aromas are much softer than the bottled version. A slight citrus and earthy mix. The taste is so very smooth. Given that this is my first cask-conditioned beer, I really didn't know what to expect. Man! Was I impressed! When I'd originally reviewed this beer, I noted how well-balanced it was, from a hoppy bitterness:malty sweetness ratio. The very same holds true with this version of the IPA. Everything just seems to have been toned down and mellowed. Mouthfeel and drinkability were fantastic. The differences in this beer from the cask and bottle are striking. A great way to start off the AOBF.

Serving type: cask

05-27-2003 04:45:37 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid inch or more of bright white foam rests gently atop a slightly hazy, golden-amber body. The head retention is good, and some very nice lace is left throughout the entire glass. Bright, fresh, and floral hops greet you in the nose as soon as it's poured! Very nice! A medium body combines with a very fine-bubbled carbonation to leave it lightly crisp on the tongue. Floral hops and a sweet grainy malt swirl in a kaleidescope of flavor right off the bat! Rich, exciting, sweet, hoppy, fruity, and finally, bitter in the lingering, drying finish. It's exceptionally well-balanced with a bitterness that reveals itself increasingly with every sip. What finesse!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 13:19:45 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of far333


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly light pilsner color, topped with an orangey foamy head. There is a light hop aroma, and an initial flavor also of light hop. Flavor is also tinged with pine and citrus. For an IPA, I would have expected the hop to be stronger, but it is even and well balanced with other flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2003 04:22:07 | More by far333
Photo of wyllder


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Pours yellow-orange with a good head. Sturdy mouthfeel with a nice level of hoppiness. Finishes a bit too bitter for my taste but rather well balanced overall. Perhaps its best quality is its ready-availability almost everywhere in the NorthEast these days.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 10:35:24 | More by wyllder
Photo of powoo19


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this a while back and had yet to review. This beer is not bad but forgettable. It has a pale apricot color which is not very impressive. The smess is average and hoppy as is the taste. I would rather this on tap then bottle but have yet to try it. Anyone out there have any opinion on the tap version?
Happy Drinking!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 05:53:09 | More by powoo19
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must note prior to the review that the bottle I got is about seven months old. Pours a pale orange (someone described it as apricot, I'd say that's right) with a sticky, white head. Earthy, citric hope head, with some malt towards the end. Very vibrant smell. I was a bit disappointed by the taste. While the nose was very nice, the taste was just so-so, and kind of boring. There is hop bitterness, but much less than I expected. Malty, biscuity taste. This beer warms a bit, which is always nice. Medium-bodied, and crisp. I'd say this beer is fairly drinkable. It might be a nice beer for those uninitiated in the world of IPA's just so they can start to get their feet wet.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 19:35:26 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nice apricoty hue, head is nice and white. Aroma is quite nice, fresh and fruity, abounding in sweet associations, with orange on top, followed by peach, apricot, melon, cherries. I keep searching, and I keep finding. Great aroma!
Hops are plentiful on the palate. An entire garrison is deployed upon the tongue, but it swiftly subsides. Taste is ultimately very smooth and mellow, but less complex than I'd prefer in a hoppy IPA. Smelled great, tasted blase. Oh, well.
I do thank Uglyradio for sending it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 20:11:16 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of fattyre


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color with a clingy off white moderate sized head. The mouthfeel is closer to moderate than thin. The smell is of sweet malt and citrus. The taste is of bread like malt with a grapefruit hoppiness and a lingering herbal quality. This beer seems to me to be more along the lines of an English IPA in that it is more balanced but using an american style hops to give a citrusy flavor. Pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 19:11:51 | More by fattyre
Photo of shirfan

New York

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearances can be deceiving; this looks and smells like an IPA, but certainly doesn't taste like one.

Bottled on 02/06/03.

Pours dark and clear golden with a frothy white head and a piney hops aroma.

Taste is poor for the style: starts smooth and a little malty, moves to a lemony, crisp middle, and finishes with a very weak and watery pine-resin hops note. Who dry-hopped the Genny Cream Ale?

This isn't a serious IPA, more like something a macro drinker would try when they want to be adventurous. It could be rescued by a chunkier mouthfeel and more hops; in its current incarnation I won't be revisiting this.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 13:12:19 | More by shirfan
Photo of vitesse


3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on draft.
a thoroughly average beer. pours a clear light amber color. very little head. some lace. lots of carbonation bubbles.
smell is citrusy, with some hops aroma. taste is clean and crisp. hops up front and tons of lemon at the end. very very lemony when i had it on tap. i don't think that aspect is as prevalent when had in bottles. mouthfeel is thin and crisp. average drinkability. not a top-notch beer but a decent IPA that delivers some hops and is pretty tasty. much better on tap, imho.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2003 08:21:53 | More by vitesse
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Harpoon IPA seems to be imitating the IPA style rather than letting loose and creating their own representation. Orange pekoe in color. The medium malt is a little grainy. This highly hopped brew is uninspired. Some citrus bitterness with a hint of sweetness. Smooth for the IPA and too easy to drink (Should be sharp edged and boldly bitter.) Nice mix!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 21:01:13 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Darkale


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon's IPA is a very clear, light yellow-orange in color, with a bright white head. The aroma is clean, lightly floral. The head sticks around for only a short while.

A nice hop snap, gritty mouthfeel, slight malt aftertaste.

This is a very consistent, thirst-quenching, reliable beer. It could be a bit sharper, but of course, I'm a bit of a hop-head. It could have more depth, more complexity, a bit more malt to play with the hops. But, it is very refreshing on a hot day, and seems well put-together.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 18:03:17 | More by Darkale
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap this was a very enjoyable brew. Color was pale, with a nice white head. My favorite part of the beer (not really, drinking it is the best) was the aroma. It was a nice combination of fruity and hop like smells that reminded me of spring. A nice flavored beer as well, with a strong hop presence that I expect from an IPA. Overall, a very tasty brew with or without food.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2003 16:00:22 | More by AaronRed
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, honey colored brew with a quickly settling off-white head that left a good lace. Sweet smelling fruit from the hops with a bit of pale and toasted malts. Its sweet malt flavor tasted a bit too mass produced like Sam Adams does with a tea-like finish. IMO it was perfectly carbonated giving the beer a very smooth mouth feel. The hopping in this beer was relatively mild by contemporary American IPA standards, but it stills had a decent clean bitter bite with an additional astringent rind-like characteristic.

A good beer and at a good price when compared to other micros.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 05:46:08 | More by yen157
Photo of LiquidBreadMan


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon was the second IPA I ever tasted, so it holds a special place for me.

Appearance is golden amber, nothing special. Aroma is typical for an IPA: fruity, sharp and moderately pronounced with a short-lived dirty blonde head. Taste is good, with a spicy floral accent. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a tingly finish.

Harpoon is not the best IPA but it's a worthy brew and I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 17:57:48 | More by LiquidBreadMan
Photo of scottum


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I may like this brew better from the bottle. I'm not sure. Pours out a nice amber color with a great head. Goes down almost as smooth as on tap. Very very drinkable brew. I love the fact that this brew is everywhere around Boston. It's nice to live in a city where a nice micro can be bought where ever you go. Not a wonderful IPA, but you'll be able to put them away.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 19:17:35 | More by scottum
Photo of cubedoggy


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First I'll talk about this one in the bottle.

OK, I've been drinking this stuff for years, and even though I've been told it's not so, something changed in this ale about two years ago, right around Christmas time. It got sweeter, leaving an almost syrupy aftereffect that left it less refreshing. I like the dry hoppiness of IPAs, and I really believe this one used to be drier.

That said, when I'm out, this is my draught of choice. No megabrew product can compare. When this IPA started to take a chunk out of Sam Adams' home market, they brought their awful, watery excuse for an IPA to the masses, and it has (in my experience) been rightfully eschewed. Bud and Miller haven't even tried. Harpoon IPA is available almost everywhere on tap in Massachusetts, and it is a good, comforting pint while taking in the lay of the land in a new spot.

I certainly do not dislike this ale, but there are better IPAs out there in the bottle (Shipyard Fuggles, Victory Hop Devil). If you're in a pub that has Harpoon on draught, have one for me!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 20:50:50 | More by cubedoggy
Photo of Bunnyhop


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden IPA with a clingy, off-white, moderate head. The smell is floral, hoppy, and malty. First I taste malt, then grapefruit, with a bitter citrus finish. The body is thin to firm in my mouth. Overall, a bit on the bitter side for me.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 16:08:23 | More by Bunnyhop
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is a clear, coppery color with some white foam that leaves good lace in the glass. The aroma is modest, but smells of hops and malt. The dominant flavor, as one might expect in an IPA, is hops (citrus, grapefruit, pine), but subdued hops. The flavor is crisp and clean and hoppy, but just a tad thin. The mouthfeel is good, clean and smooth with medium body. The drinkability is good. This is a good session brew.

Re-reviewed and ratings altered a bit on 6/2/03.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2003 08:32:10 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of kelticblood


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid white foaming head with great bubbling carbonation.A slight amount of lace left on the glass.The aroma was of hops with a hint of an earthy smell.The color was a light gold with a touch of a haziness.The taste offered a well balanced hop,bitter,and citric taste and mouthfeel.Very crisp and balanced with just the right amounts of everything.I especially liked this IPA because it didnt leave a gagging bitter finish that lasted for hours.Very smooth and creamy.Easy on the mouth with a high drinkability percentage.

note: not an overpowering hop taste or smell.Very refreshing and light.Great for the summer or really anytime.

Upon another review I found it to be a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 11:44:48 | More by kelticblood
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